Klausman Law
Call Today 407-917-9285

Lesser-known causes of truck crashes

Tractor-trailer accidents continue to be a serious problem in Florida and across the United States. Federal statistics show that approximately 475,000 large trucks are involved in collisions each year. These accidents kill over 5,000 people and injure more than 140,000 others.

While many truck crashes are caused by factors like distracted driving and speeding, many are also caused by lesser-known factors. For example, studies show that Thursdays are the deadliest day of the week for truck drivers. The second deadliest day is Friday. The reason is that truck drivers tend to be more fatigued and stressed toward the end of the week than they are at the beginning. Statistics also show that there tend to be more fatal truck accidents between the hours of 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. when compared to other times of the day.

The type of road also makes a difference in truck crashes. Fifty-three percent of fatalities involving large trucks took place on major roads in 2015, compared to 30 percent on freeways and interstates. Meanwhile, 14 percent of deaths occurred on minor roads. Speeding plays a role in more than 20 percent of deadly accidents.

There are thousands of serious trucking accidents on American roadways each year. In order to recover damages, many injured victims choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit with the help of an attorney. By using accident investigation results, police reports, witness testimony and other evidence, legal counsel could prove a negligent truck driver was responsible for a crash. This may lead to a settlement by the defendant's insurance company that could pay for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.

Source: Trucker, "The lesser-known contributors in truck accidents", Landon Biehl, Aug 2, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Klausman Law | 1201 Louisiana Ave., Suite A | Winter Park, FL 32789 | Phone: 407-917-9285 | Map & Directions